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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET PLAY/PARENTING Play is a child’s pathwa y to joy. Parents want their children to be happy and healthy, to play and to learn. In this fast-paced information age, parenting advice is everywhere. Yet what families really need is a reminder that raising a child isn’t a series of right or wrong answers; it’s a playful, joyous experience. Drawing from years as an early childhood educator, Ann Gadzikowski describes ten universal play experiences all young children enjoy (as well as the developmental benefits they provide) and answers questions commonly asked by families, including: • • • • What kinds of toys should my child be playing with at home? Does my child play too much? Does she play enough? Does my child spend too much time watching television or using a computer? Are there fun activities our whole family can enjoy together? Creating a Beautiful Mess gives parents the news they can use to foster a balanced childhood, one with plenty of running, building, creating, cuddling, tinkering, and pretending. “This amazingly simple yet innovative look at children’s play recalls the wonders of our own play memories and connects them accurately to the developmental milestones of today’s children and their need for simple and creative play experiences.” —Dr. Mary Ruth Moore, PhD, U.I.W. Ann Gadzikowski has more than twenty-five years of experience working as an early childhood educator. Gadzikowski is a frequent presenter at conferences and currently serves as the early childhood coordinator for Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. She is the author of many books for children and about children, including Challenging Exceptionally Bright Children in Early Childhood Classrooms and Story Dictation: A Guide for Early Childhood Professionals. ISBN 978-1-60554-386-4 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL $15.95